Small farmer in­creases yield by 300%

Agriculture - - Contents - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

WITH SHEER DE­TER­MI­NA­TION to aug­ment his in­come for his fam­ily and a knack for adapt­ing avail­able tech­nolo­gies, a small farmer in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija was able to in­crease his har­vest by about 300 per­cent. Bonito Salazar says that he was able to har­vest at least 110 ki­los of na­tive egg­plant, lo­cally known as “bu­l­ing­git” or “palo-palo,” from his 500-square-me­ter back­yard plan­ta­tion, from his for­mer av­er­age har­vest of only 35 to 40 ki­los. He does this for two or some­times three times per week.

Salazar says this is also true with his small corn plan­ta­tion mea­sur­ing about 1,000 square me­ters where he was able to har­vest some 600 ki­los from his usual har­vest of just 200 ki­los from the same farm­land.

It was learned that the plants where he har­vests egg­plant are about one-year old al­ready but still pro­duce abun­dantly. Salazar says this be­came pos­si­ble after spray­ing his plants with Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer or APFF.

Dur­ing the first six months after plant­ing the bu­l­ing­git egg­plants, which he sourced from a nearby plan­ta­tion that was al­ready ne­glected, his plants be­gun to be pro­lific with the use of APFF. This pop­u­lar egg­plant va­ri­ety is used by the Ilo­canos as an in­gre­di­ent for pre­par­ing pinakbet. It is best suited for both back­yard cul­ti­va­tion and large-scale com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion.

On the other hand, Salazar says that he was amazed to have har­vested around 600 ki­los of the sweet waxy corn va­ri­ety after us­ing the same in­put. With his abun­dant har­vest of egg­plant, Salazar says this helped him a lot to fi­nance the school­ing of his two chil­dren.

He nar­rated that dur­ing the first six months, he was al­ready be­com­ing hope­less due to the small amount of har­vest from his egg­plant plan­ta­tion. This is mainly due to the ag­ing plants where the leaves are al­ready start­ing to wither and be­come yel­low­ish. But after us­ing APFF, his egg­plants started to be­come vig­or­ous and fruited abun­dantly.

Salazar says that he was ini­tially hes­i­tant to use the APFF when Manny Pablo of Global Green Or­ganic Fer­til­izer, Inc., pro­ducer of APFF, in­tro­duced the prod­uct to him. But due to his de­ter­mi­na­tion to im­prove or re­vi­tal­ize his crop, Salazar said that he tried to use the APFF where he later found out the in­put’s ca­pa­bil­ity to in­crease his pro­duc­tion.

He says he was par­tic­u­larly sur­prised to be able to har­vest 600 ki­los from his corn plan­ta­tion, nar­rat­ing that be­fore, he usu­ally brings about 10 empty sacks when har­vest­ing, but now, he needs more sacks to place the corn ears.

Ac­cord­ing to Pablo, the im­prove­ment can be at­trib­uted to the po­tency of APFF be­cause it is made from se­lected fish which con­tain com­pounds that pro­mote plant growth and bet­ter fruit­ing. This is due to the high L-Amino acid con­tent of APFF which is eas­ily ab­sorbed by the plants.

It also con­tains ef­fec­tive micro­organ­isms that pro­vide long-term ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects on the phys­i­cal, chem­i­cal, and bi­o­log­i­cal con­di­tion of the soil. Pablo ex­plained that NPK alone can­not of­fer an all-in-one so­lu­tion to plant nu­tri­tion and can be­come detri­men­tal when sup­plied in ex­ces­sive amounts. This is where amino acids come in, the build­ing blocks of pro­tein, which are needed by the plants like all other liv­ing or­gan­isms.

He says that the amino acids con­tained in APFF can pro­vide the ben­e­fits that are not sup­plied by the NPK alone. NPK rep­re­sents ni­tro­gen (N), phos­pho­rus (P), and potas­sium (K), which are used by the plants.

For fruit­ing veg­eta­bles like the egg­plants of Salazar, APFF can be ap­plied once a week or once every two weeks dur­ing the veg­e­ta­tive stage, and dur­ing the fruit­ing stage, APFF should be ap­plied every after har­vest.

Ow­ing to the ver­sa­tile na­ture of egg­plant which is widely used by the Filipinos al­most daily, it can be de­scribed as the “king of veg­eta­bles.” On the other hand, Salazar says that the corn he har­vested from his small plan­ta­tion be­came sweeter and bet­ter to eat as snack, or even for cook­ing.

APFF can in­crease the de­fense mech­a­nism of plants, pro­vide stress re­sis­tance, pro­mote nu­tri­ent ab­sorp­tion, im­prove fruit for­ma­tion, ac­ti­vate growth hor­mones, and im­prove pro­tein syn­the­sis. With de­ter­mi­na­tion and proper in­puts, even or­di­nary farm­ers like Salazar can suc­ceed to im­prove their crops, and of course, in­crease their in­comes.

Bonito Salazar was able to har­vest at least 110 ki­los of na­tive egg­plant from his 500square-me­ter back­yard plan­ta­tion, from his for­mer av­er­age of only 35 to 40 ki­los per har­vest.

For fruit­ing veg­eta­bles like egg­plants, APFF can be ap­plied once a week or once every two weeks dur­ing the veg­e­ta­tive stage. Dur­ing the fruit­ing stage, APFF should be ap­plied every after har­vest. These egg­plants in photo started to be­come vig­or­ous and fruited abun­dantly after us­ing APFF.

Photo shows the plants where Salazar har­vests egg­plant are about one-year old al­ready but be­came pro­lific after us­ing the or­ganic in­put.

A view of the 500-square-me­ter egg­plant plan­ta­tion of Salazar.

Salazar was par­tic­u­larly sur­prised to har­vest 600 ki­los of the sweet waxy corn va­ri­ety from his corn plan­ta­tion after us­ing Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer.

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